Some of the owner’s fondest memories are framed with Florida Gulf Coast family vacations. So when he and his wife were looking to shift their permanent residence from Wisconsin, choosing Florida’s west coast was a breeze. Built on one of the last remaining lots inside the exclusive Bay Colony in Naples, the owners wanted the 6,200-square-foot home to look and feel like it belonged in Florida. To find the perfect harmony in their vision — a balance of classic, timeless design with comfortable, coastal interiors — the couple teamed up with interior designer Sally Richardson. The homeowners wanted interesting pieces with attention paid to all the details, and so with nearly 20 years in the business, an artistic background and a love for color, Richardson knew this would be a fun collaboration from the start.
Inviting with landscape that reflects Florida’s native species, the home is designed with a classic exterior accentuated with beautiful trim details in a modern palette of gray tones and a rich mahogany entry door. Step inside, where a vibrant glass chandelier immediately captivates in an expansive foyer. As an unveiling to the home’s coastal color palette, the glass fixture radiates rich cobalt blues and greens blended with orange, aqua and chartreuse.
White European oak flooring leads the way to the great room, where a 25-foot-high ceiling and a spacious floor plan encompasses not only the family room but the adjacent dining area and kitchen as well. To collectively elevate the home’s blue and white interior palette, colorful Reef Illusion botanical prints and a white-framed, blue aquatic mural dot the warm gray walls. Hand-thrown pottery lamps, along with Manuel Canovas accent pillows and the one-of-a-kind hand-knotted area rug bring the cobalt blue hues further into the space. As puzzle aficionados, the owners specifically chose the distressed solid pine Restoration Hardware cocktail table for its slender drawers, which perfectly hold their incomplete masterpieces.
As the heart of the home, the cool white kitchen is a favorite gathering place for the owners, who love to cook for family and friends. Casual in nature, leather-clad counter stools from Jessica Charles pull up to a workable and enjoyable spot for both chefs and onlookers.
To bring the tropical landscape and airy coastal vibe into the living room, Richardson, inspired by beach towels, created fanciful peacock blue and cream color drapes in silk to balance the formality. Two Audubon prints of a flamingo and heron are colorized to match the coral color of the hand-knotted Turkish ikat motif area rug and the iridescent blue accents.
Blue hues continue in the dining area with rich embroidered Thibaut textiles that back Highland House chairs lining the European white oak trestle table. In a nod to the beach, the designer makes the room’s centerpiece a stunning Ro Sham Beaux chandelier with more than 1,000 white jade beads circled by rings of natural hemp.
As a couple who loves to sleep in, the homeowners wanted a serene bedroom to enjoy with their two Pekingese-Papillon pups. CR Laine lounge chairs swivel to enjoy views of the pool. The Suzani tribal motif of the hand-knotted cream and blue area rug finishes the room. Tranquility continues in the master bath, where a striking Kohler tub, dual sinks and azul calcite countertops echo the water theme.
The couple wanted a gathering space to enjoy Florida’s perfect year-round weather. And the loggia with its fireplace and outdoor kitchen that boasts a state-of-the-art Wolf grill provides just that and more.